Kenzaburo Oe, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, is internationally acclaimed as one of the most important and influential post-World War II. In the s, Kenzaburo Oe began regularly writing about a character based on his autistic son, Hikari. A Personal Matter, by Kenzaburo Oe. A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe Kenzaburo Oe in A Personal Matter. “Bird, gazing down at the map of Africa that reposed in the showcase with the.

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Chapter 7 and 8. The story is matter an extreme study of morals within the main character, who is a tragic character who seems to have made unfortunate choices in marriage and employment, and has some awful things behind him in life.

Eating is of the coarsest fast food. Every character has something to show a reader how humane they are. Shigeto, himself a survivor, who had devoted his career to caring for victims of the A-bomb atrocity.

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Oe, the author, now eighty-three years old, has a brain damaged son. Jan 06, Manik Sukoco rated it it was amazing.

View a FREE sample. After getting into a fight with a group of thugs in an arcade, he heads home where he soon hears from the hospital. In between his twinges of lunatic thought, we get some moving kenzaguro windows on his misery: Embriaga-se e procura a ajuda de uma amiga. But I was so involved in Bird’s thoughts that I felt gobsmacked when I got to the end.


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Swaddled in skin as red as shrimp which gleamed with the luster of scar tissue, the baby was beginning ferociously to live, dragging its anchor of a heavy lump. Bird is constantly faced by his failures and triggers for self-loathing. I recommend this book to any reader who wants to enjoy a well-written book.

View all 42 comments. Hungover at work the next day he lectures at a cram-schoolhe throws up while teaching. It ultimately doesn’t matter whether the subject is gruesome, the main character completely despicable, the culture foreign or how dated the material is, how much of the beguiling effect is owed to the translation I don’t know, but I assume that it is based on an outstanding original.

The book begins with Bird purchasing a map of Africa while his wife is in labor. These scars and bruises make their presence known time and again by causing us pain of the highest order. There, Bird finally realizes can cannot continue to run from the baby.

And so we proceed to wrap them up in the protective wadding of false pretensions, carefully hiding them away from the scrutiny of the rest of the world and more importantly, ourselves.

What if part of you couldn’t stop thinking, if he survives, my life will become much less fun? When the main character tells his father-in-law the news of the deformed baby the mother still does not know even though his father-in-law knows he is on the wagon, he gives his son-in-law a bottle of scotch, with the obvious result. But eventually he decides to allow the operation and keep the baby.


Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing Japanese-language text All stub articles. Eventually he comes to a choice point where he has to decide on a risky operation leading to some kind of compromised life or on taking a more active role in the demise of this seemingly monstrous baby.

The blurb on the cover announces that it is close to “a perfect contemporary novel. Retrieved from ” https: Bird thrashes about, like Japan at the time, risking everything and achieving little.

In the novel Bird, a young Japanese man living in Tokyo, perssonal into a life and death moral turmoil over the birth of his first son who is born with a curiously damaged head.

Return to Book Page. We should not be, mattter many times we are. As Bird struggles to embrace this “monster” as his son, he leaves his menzaburo behind in the hospital and enters in more ways than one into the life of a college classmate who kennzaburo grieving her young husband’s suicide.

He disgusts the reader but he also evokes feelings of sympathy and solidarity. Eventually they call him in, but it is to schedule the surgery.

Bird, the protagonist, has a situation that worries most young parents.

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